Story: Nightclubs

Nightlife boom

Nightlife boom

The arrival of United States military personnel on rest-and-recreation breaks during the Second World War brought romance into the lives of many young New Zealand women, and a boom for the owners of clubs. This is Wellington’s Majestic Cabaret crowded with US marines and their girlfriends, around 1942.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, E. M. Alderdice Collection
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How to cite this page:

Redmer Yska, 'Nightclubs - Cabarets and wartime clubs, 1920s to 1950s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 October 2021)

Story by Redmer Yska, published 5 Sep 2013